Baby Weight: Waiting for It to Go Away

Amy Jo Jones

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Wouldn't it be nice if your baby weight just melted away effortlessly? What would be even better would be to not gain any baby weight in the first place, but for most of us, that's simply not going to be the case.

When I took my son Rowan for his 18-month checkup, he barely weighed 20 pounds, which is only around the 10th percentile for weight. (He's a wee man.) How ironic, I thought to myself, since I'm carrying around an easy 20 pounds that I didn't have before he was born and that 20 pounds was putting me in the 100th percentile for my clothes not fitting well. At all.

But really, I only had myself to blame. I had managed to lose the weight after my first child was born, but after the second? I was just too tired. I wasn't eating well, I wasn't sleeping enough, and I wasn't making an effort to incorporate exercise into my day. It's the classic new mom trap, and my backside and I fell right into it.

After that 18-month wake-up call, I realized it was time to do something. I dusted off the old stroller and started taking Ro for power walks. I cut out the chocolate that had become my afternoon staple. I added fruits and veggies to meals and I drank more water. It's not rocket science, but it's not easy either. It's one more thing I have to think about, but I try to remember that it's good for my physical and mental health.

I'm happy to report that while I still have some work to do, I'm about halfway to my goal of losing those extra unwanted inches. Having my jeans fit just a little bit better is a great incentive to keep going. What about you?

What motivates you to take better care of yourself?

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